Knowledge Center Blog

Welcome to the Farm Credit Knowledge Center Blog!  This blog is a combination of posts from industry experts, Knowledge Center staff and guest contributors covering all aspects of agriculture and life in the country.  We want you to participate in this blog, sharing your thoughts and comments about the topics posted here.

Posts

Summer Heat and Livestock

Summer is officially here and it has brought the heat along with it!  Staying cool during these hot summer months is important, both for people and for livestock.  For most humans, we can come inside and cool off relatively easily – but how do we help our four legged friends and livestock? 
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Telling Your Agriculture Story - Why?

If you have attended any agricultural conferences or meetings lately, you very well may have heard someone say that agriculture as an industry needs to do a better job “telling our story”.  That message is resonating more and more through the agriculture community, but have you hear why?
 
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Helping Producers Increase Efficiency and Effectiveness

How do I get the most out of my pastures?  How many animals can I successfully graze?  How long should I leave them in a pasture?  How close to the ground should I/can I graze without damaging the grass?  How long should I wait before putting animals back on the pasture?  What is overgrazing and how does it affect my production?  How do I efficiently graze the pasture I have?
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Preparing for Winter - Livestock Edition!

For many, preparing for winter means pulling that box of sweaters out of the attic, putting away the flip flops and maybe chopping (or buying) some firewood.  But for those with livestock, preparing for winter has an entirely different meaning.
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Farming Methods - Rotational Grazing

Spring is here, and it actually feels like spring today!  With the few warm days that we’ve had recently, it also starting to look like spring…some of the early flowers are starting to bloom, trees are starting to show buds, and the grass is starting to green up – and much to my husband’s dismay, grow as well!  That grass is oh so important to livestock producers who have been feeding hay all winter; it signifies that the grazing season is not far away.  Pastures are an important tool for anyone who grows livestock and, properly managed, can do an incredible job at providing nutrients.  As a part of our “farming methods” series, we’d like to share a little bit about rotational grazing and some of the benefits and advantages of this farming method.
 
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